Benefits of Bad Vibes, The Journal

Bad Vibes isn’t just a journal. It is a movement. It is a shift toward allowing ourselves to deeply explore whatever darkness we are feeling and then process it in a constructive way.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe there is a place for positive thinking, “good vibes only”, and gratitude lists. However, I think it’s foolish to try to trick ourselves into this practice. Slapping on a fake-ass smile and writing down everything we have to be thankful for doesn’t provide an outlet to vent. When we don’t have a practical, healthy way to do that, our emotions intensify and compound. Ultimately, this could lead to a major blow up. (And nobody wants that to happen!)

We cannot be happy, shiny people one-hundred percent of the time because the truth is, the human experience is full of negative occurrences.

It seems to me that we could be doing more harm than good by trying to force ourselves to be a constant ray of fucking sunshine. Personally, I usually end up feeling worse because I demoralize myself due to my inability to stay positive despite whatever challenges I’m facing. And let’s be real, sometimes you simply need to rant/scream into a pillow/damn someone to hell/tell so-and-so to fuck off to feel better.

Bad Vibes, The Journal

We cannot be happy, shiny people one-hundred percent of the time because the truth is, the human experience is full of negative occurrences. I believe there is value in allowing yourself to wallow in your anger a little bit; to indulge in your bad mood. I also believe that by processing bad vibes, via journaling, you’ll find that by letting it out, you’ll feel better faster. As they say, we grow through what we go through.

Benefits of Bad Vibes, The Journal:

  • 365 pages to bitch and moan about the injustices from your day.

  • Writing prompts and space for free writing.

  • The ability to note incidents that angered/upset/challenged you throughout the day.

  • Being able to tell someone to fuck off without worry of backlash (because you’re not doing it in person).

  • Space to list out things that annoy(ed) the fuck out of you. Example: drivers that pull into the crosswalk when I, as a pedestrian, have the right of way.

  • The ability to identify triggers so that you can learn how to avoid certain situations or people.

  • An opportunity to record a lesson or insight from your bad day.

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